As heavy rainfalls peak, the Lagos State Government has reminded residents, especially those close to the banks of the Ogun River to be at alert as more water will be released from Oyan Dam this month.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, 23 million cubic metres of water will be released during this month which is the peak.
He explained that the release from the Oyan Dam which is the highest is as a result of the intensive rainfalls which would also climax in the current month.
The Commissioner advised all residents of Agboyi -Ketu, Owode Onirin, Isheri, Ajegunle, Agiliti, Kara, Majidun and all areas bothering the rivers and the sea in Lagos to be very wary of the staggered release.
He stated that by November, a gradual reduction of water release would be effected to the tune of 11million cubic metres as the intensity of the rainfalls decrease.
Mr Bello reiterated that the alert has become necessary because the projected heavy rainfall which resumed in September would still continue with high intensity this month leading to the staggered release of water from the dam.
According to the Commissioner while the State is intensifying measures to minimise the effect of the heavy rainfalls on lives and properties, residents owe it a duty to support Government’s efforts to ensure that heavy rainfalls does not wreak havoc in many parts of the State by not dumping refuse in drainage channels and erecting structures on drainage alignments.